Panic is a sudden sensation of fear, typically so strong that it prevents logical thinking and may trigger a fight-or-flight reaction. If you’ve ever experienced a panic attack, you know how frightening it can be – you might think you are having a heart attack or even dying. Panic attacks usually start without warning and come on suddenly. It is not uncommon for many people to experience one or two panic attacks over the course of their lifetimes. However, if you are experiencing frequent panic attacks, you may have panic disorder. Panic disorder is an anxiety disorder that, in addition to repeated panic attacks, may also include an intense and ongoing fear of having another attack that can affect your daily life. Whether you’ve just had one experience with a panic attack or you are suffering from recurrent panic attacks and suspect you might have panic disorder, a qualified mental health professional can help. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s panic experts today.

Meet the specialists

I help clients manage panic attacks with grounding exercises. When the client is ready, we explore the root cause of the panic disorder. Panic disorder has a biological component . It is nothing to be ashamed of, and it can not be ignored.

— Tammy Whitt, Counselor

I have been treating Anxiety, OCD and related disorders for more than 14 years. In addition to working in my private practice I work in the UCLA OCD intensive treatment program for adults and have trained in the UCLA Anxiety, OCD and Tic Disorders clinic. I specialize in treating anxiety disorders using exposure and response prevention therapy.

— Michelle Massi, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I have worked with many clients in helping them with their panic attacks. We will explore the underlying feelings that are the source of the panic as well as develop useful skills in dealing with them.

— Ian Felton, Licensed Professional Counselor in Minneapolis, MN

Tingly fingers, feeling fuzzy, racing and sometimes scary thoughts, pounding heart... sound familiar? sound awful? A panic attack survivor myself, I know all too well how scary, exhausting, and bewildering panic attacks can be. Work can suffer, daily life, sleep, your social life - you name it. Even your self esteem can take a hit. Rest assured, panic attacks are treatable. Let's get to the bottom of it, and grow some new skills and confidence so that your panic is a thing of the past.

— Charlotte Haefner, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR

I provide Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Panic Disorder. This form of intervention entails both behavioral exercises (exposure) and cognitive work (addressing beliefs and thought patterns that maintain the disorder).

— Michael Greenberg, Clinical Psychologist in Beverly Hills, CA

Dr. Tslil Feinberg is a licensed clinical psychologist (PSY30632) in San Diego, California specializing in sleep, trauma, and anxiety-related disorders. She has trained at the Veterans Medical Research Foundation (VMRF) Hoarding and Anxiety Lab before spending a year at the SDSU Center for Understanding and Treating Anxiety where she received extensive training in evidence-based therapy for a range of anxiety disorders including panic attacks, OCD, hoarding, GAD, PTSD, and social phobia.

— Dr. Tslil Feinberg, Clinical Psychologist

Panic is an extreme form of anxiety. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is considered the gold standard for treating panic disorders.

— Linda Ritchie, Psychologist in Reston, VA

I utilize an exposure and response prevention model (ERP) to help my clients manage feelings of panic related to anxiety, PTSD, or OCD.

— Sprout Therapy PDX, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

The physical symptoms of anxiety can be frightening. It can hold you back from going places because you fear the return of a panic attack. I know first hand how challenging this can be. I have a family member who has suffered, and recovered, from panic disorder.

— Jenny Matthews, Therapist in Bloomington, MN

I have extensive experience with anxiety disorders, chronic worry, and panic attacks. As someone who had her first panic attack at age 14, I can not only empathize with people who struggle with anxiety, but have learned many amazing tips and tricks along the way in my own journey towards health!

— Kellie Collins, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lake Oswego, OR

Experiencing panic can be a very scary experience. I can equip you with tools and knowledge to overcome your panic attacks. Feel free to reach out and chat with me more about this!

— Jenny Labrousse, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Tigard, OR

I have had extensive experience working with those who have panic disorder and I am proficient in exposure therapies, ACT therapy and REBT (all extremely effective and useful with panic disorder). I work with clients "where they are at" and with "baby steps" together we can get you to the point where you can manage and control your panic attacks and often have long periods (even years!) of no panic attacks. You may reach these goals without the use of medication!

— Deborah Fatone, Clinical Social Worker in Brooklyn, NY

Often when we're in a "panic attack", our bodies are responding disproportionately to the current situation. Yet there's a good reason for this. Even without our being aware, our minds create meanings from past circumstances that impact our present day-to-day feelings. I want to help you reduce moments of panic by (counterintuitively) bringing those moments more into our sessions together. When the panic is cared for - not pushed down - I see clients improve.

— Connor McClenahan, Psychologist in Los Angeles, CA

All of us have fear, whether it be emotionally-based or fear survival instinct that has become overwhelming, flooding our body with anxiety & panic attacks. Many of us have in many ways told ourselves a story that we should not be or feel a certain way, which causes conflict and stress in the body & mind. Together, we work with mindfulness techniques and body-centered practices to regulate fear & anxiety as well as recognizing the thoughts that fuel your fears.

— Jodi Alieksaites, Licensed Professional Counselor in Boulder, CO

Are you so afraid of having a panic attack that you have stopped doing things you enjoy? Is the thought of panic keeping you up at night? Panic attacks can be terrifying and I don't want you to suffer through them anymore. Hypnotherapy can remove the triggers that cause your panic attacks and CBT can help you to put skills in place to handle anxiety in a healthier manner.

— Yvonne Judge, Marriage & Family Therapist in Columbus, OH

I have treated many clients who struggle with panic attacks. I have experience utilizing somatic experiencing, mindfulness, breath-work, and DBT when treating panic attacks. I focus on calming the Sympathetic Nervous System.

— Ali Mills, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

Panic/anxiety attacks are the body’s way of telling us there is a threat. Usually, in the 21st century, this threat isn’t a bear that will eat us (we aren’t hunter-gatherers anymore!). This threat can be financial issues, relationship conflicts, stress, or anxiety). We discuss your sympathetic/parasympathetic nervous system arousal, and effective strategies to reduce these panic attacks. They can happen spontaneously, so we analyze your triggers first.

— Kristen Casey, Psychologist

I have experience treating individuals who suffer from general or acute feelings of anxiety. I also treat those who are experiencing panic attacks and the debilitating affects these can have on their lives.

— Michelle Salzman, Counselor in Irving, TX

I am an active member of the ADAA, Anxiety and Depression Association of America.

— Natalie Henry, Clinical Social Worker in Boulder, CO

Panic attacks can be debilitating, but they are treatable. I address panic disorders using a proven formula in addition to ACT for anxiety.

— Jessica Brohmer, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Aptos, CA

Are you wondering if you are the only one who experiences anxiety and panic? I am here to tell you that the answer is absolutely not. We are naturally born with anxiety. It is given to us by our ancestors who needed it to survive. If anxiety and panic is holding you back from living a healthy life it’s time to unravel what is going on. Panic is controllable!

— Cara Weingarten, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Boca Raton, FL